Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Miami Marlins
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins face off on Sunday to finish of their weekend series at PNC Park. The Pirates are -120 favorites over the Marlins with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are on the verge of sweeping the Miami Marlins as after a close game on Friday they cruised to a win on Saturday. Neil Walker, Andrew McCutchen, and Pedro Alvarez all had hits as the Pirates scored five runs on five hits in all. On the mound A.J. Burnett continued his strong play as he allowed eight hits and a run while striking three over 7.1 innings of work to bring his record to 11-3 on the season and Brad Lincoln earned his first save of the year. For Sunday’s game Pittsburgh starts Jeff Karstens who has won his last two decisions. For the season Karstens has allowed 40 hits and 18 earned runs while striking out 28 over 39 innings of work for a 4.15 ERA.
The Miami Marlins are fading away this season and will probably be mentioned in some big trade talks as they may think about unloading payroll. On Saturday Justin Ruggiano hit a home run and Jose Reyes, Carlos Lee, and Logan Morrison all had hits as the Marlins scored just one run on nine hits. On the mound Carlos Zambrano got the start and he allowed three hits and five runs, four of them earned, while walking six over 3.1 innings to fall to 5-8 on the season. For Sunday’s game Miami starts Anibal Sanchez who has won his last two decisions. For the year Sanchez has allowed 112 hits and 50 earned runs while striking out 102 over 114 innings of work for a 3.95 ERA.
Pittsburgh is 9-2 in their last 11 games against a right handed starter, 23-6 in their last 29 home games, and 1-4 in Karstens’ last five starts against a team with a losing record. Miami is 1-6 in their last seven road games, 0-5 in their last five road games against a right handed starter, and 2-6 in Sanchez’s last eight starts as a road underdog. Miami is 6-2 in their last eight games in Pittsburgh.
The total in this one is set at eight and I see it like the first two games staying under that number.